Linen and Olive: A Ubiquitous Pair

Our collective memory has established linen and olive as the visual signatures of summer, so it is unsurprising this union conveys, beyond pleasing aesthetics, profound historical and stylistic connotations. Decidedly antiquated yet concurrently situated in modernity, linen and olive are one of the distinguished couples of Joseph Abboud’s summer 2019 collection.

Warm months ahead demand tasteful summer dalliances with Italian linen. Foregrounded as the fabric of summer for its breathability and durability, linen is the preferred textile for tastefully embarking on both formal and casual occasions with cooling comfort and ease.

A subtle olive pop freshens monochromatic threads effortlessly. Olive is a malleable summer shade, an approachable earthy tone that is nearly a neutral in its own right, which makes this particular color a perfect pairing for lightweight linen pieces.

Derived from the flax plant, linen is one of the oldest textiles in the world. Excavations in numerous prehistoric civilizations reveal linen’s cross-cultural existence dating thousands of years, symbolizing, among many things, wealth and divinity.

Taking cues from its botanical roots, the olive fruit carries a similar universal reverence for its myriad of practical uses. The color of the plant likewise carries significant historical weight, as the olive shade was widely introduced to WWI soldiers for superior concealment to mitigate exposure, and continued to be the standard battledress until the omnipresent reign of camouflage.  

Modernizing these two powerful symbols is summertime sophistication at its finest. Contemporary suits with slimming silhouettes and sharp lines create an unforgettably dapper aesthetic for nuptial gatherings. For more informal events, olive linen sport shirts featuring cuffs and collars with contrast patterning are unbelievably fresh and current. Embodying versatility and strength, linen and olive form quite the perennial pair in sartorial style. Wearing linen and olive is truly wearing history.